Fourth-Grade students with the Lauderdale County and Meridian Public School District, participated in the Annual Natural Conservation and Resources Camp, allowing them to learn all about the environment.
“It’s something different, and they’re learning in a different way and every stop, the students are always engaged in whatever is being presented to them, and it’s just another form of learning, so it’s great quality instruction that’s taking place in a different form.” Said, Deidre Bland, drop out specialist for Meridian Public Schools.
The conservation camp brings the classroom setting to the environment.
“Not only are they learning about outdoors, but they’re also able to see or make a connection with career opportunities that they might be interested in; especially if they love being in the outdoors.” Said, Deidre Bland, drop out specialist for Meridian Public Schools.
There were presenters on site that played roles in many careers, pertaining to the environment.
“Children are learning about water treatment, air quality, boating safety, all of these stops are related in some form to the Mississippi curriculum for science and also history.” Said, Deidre Bland, drop out specialist for Meridian Public Schools.
There were a variety of officials at stations, but they could only share their profession with students in a time restricted manner.
“The kids are there for 12 minutes, they will learn from the presenter who is an expert at their craft, and then after they introduce them to whatever that topic is, they will have 3 minutes to transition onto the next stop.” Said, Deidre Bland,drop out specialist for Meridian Public Schools.